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Filipino Fruit Salad

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My mom is a great cook and she always plans our Noche Buena (Christmas eve dinner) spread a few weeks early. When we have our family meeting on dishes that we want, this dessert is picked every single year! We all love it and the vibrant colors speak of Christmas.  Making fruit salad was one …

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Chicken Macaroni Salad (Filipino-Style)

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We (Filipinos) love our salad a little on the sweeter side… sometimes a lot. Haha! Aside from that, we also like it creamier than usual (I’m sometimes guilty of that). In the past, whenever I searched for a macaroni salad recipe, the word “creamy” had to be included, otherwise I won’t even consider reading it. …

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Lola’s Authentic Laing (Taro Leaves in Coconut Milk)

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My paternal grandmother was born and raised in Daet, Camarines Norte…. a full-blooded Bicolana! Growing up, I would only see her a few times because she lived very far from where we were and it was mostly when I was still young.  But there was this one time when I was in college that she …

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Crunchy Lumpiang Shanghai (Pork Spring Roll)

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Filipino celebrations center around food. There are a few dishes that are always present at the table and Lumpiang Shanghai is one of them. Next to the noodles (either Pancit or Filipino Spaghetti), this is a very popular and well-loved party food.  Christmas is just around the corner and this being an almost constant special …

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Banana Cue (Caramelized Bananas on a Stick)

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When I was still in the Philippines, I had a lady neighbor who used to sell banana cue on some days of the week. Since I used to get home late, I can only buy some on weekends. At times when I forgot, she would knock at our door and ask if I want some. …

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Lechon Paksiw

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Last week’s post was one of my family’s fave dishes, the Moist and Crispy Oven-Roasted Pork. It was a huge piece of meat which my family enjoyed eating. But even after we all got our tummy’s fill, there were still a whole lot of leftovers.  Like most Pinoys, Paksiw comes to mind. My hubby actually …

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Moist and Crispy Oven-Roasted Pork

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Filipinos love pork! We have tons of dishes made from it but I think the Lechon (whole roasted pig) is the best of them all. It usually takes centerstage on special occasions and celebrations. But with the “new normal” wherein gatherings are limited and there’s a small cap to the number of people that can …

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Filipino-Style Chicken Curry

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My kids and I are not fond of the typical curry because of the “heat” factor and there’s also a whole lot of strong spices involved that we really can’t handle. That’s why this Filipino-style Chicken Curry is perfect for us! Not spicy, only uses curry powder and is very easy to make.  Bone-in chicken …

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Pork Dinuguan (Pork Blood Stew)

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Dinuguan is not for everyone. One can easily be put off by its looks. If you’re not Filipino, you might think (or some Pinoys might trick you) that it’s “Chocolate Meat”. It may seem like it in appearance but once you stick your nose next to it, you’ll know that dinuguan is definitely NOT made …

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Pork and Shrimp Siomai

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We love siomai! It’s always the first item we order whenever we go for dim sum. My kids get excited once it’s laid on the table and steam comes out of the small bamboo containers as the lid is removed. What a sight! It’s been awhile since we last went for dim sum and with …

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